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Genmark Diagnostics v. Vironovative

Genmark Diagnostics v. Vironovative

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Genmark Diagnostics v. Vironovative
Genmark Diagnostics v. Vironovative

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 COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY JUDGMENT
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DANIEL JOHNSON, JR. (State Bar No. 57409)MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLPOne Market, Spear Street Tower San Francisco, CA 94105-1126Tel: 415.442.1000Fax: 415.442.1001E-mail: djjohnson@morganlewis.comDION BREGMAN (State Bar No. 208393)MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP2 Palo Alto Square3000 El Camino Real, Ste. 700Palo Alto, CA 94306Tel: 415.843.1000Fax: 415.843.4001E-mail: dbregman@morganlewis.comMARIO MOORE (State Bar No. 231644)MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP5 Park Plaza Ste 1750Irvine, CA 92614Tel: 949.399.7000Fax: 949.399.7001E-mail: mario.moore@morganlewis.comAttorneys for Plaintiff GENMARK DIAGNOSTICS, INC.UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIAGENMARK DIAGNOSTICS, INC.,a Delaware corporation,Plaintiff,v.VIRONOVATIVE BV, a DutchLimited Liability Company,Defendant.Case No.
COMPLAINTFOR DECLARATORYJUDGMENTDEMANDFORJURYTRIAL
 
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 COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY JUDGMENT
Plaintiff GENMARK DIAGNOSTICS, INC. (“GENMARK”) alleges asfollows:
PARTIES
1. Plaintiff GENMARK is a Delaware corporation with its principal placeof business at 5964 La Place Court, Carlsbad, California, 92008-8829.GENMARK is qualified and duly authorized to conduct business in the State of California.2. On information and belief, defendant VIRONOVATIVE BV(“VIRONOVATIVE”) is a Dutch limited liability company with its principal placeof business at Marconistraat 16 3029 AK Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
3. This is an action for declaratory judgment of invalidity andnoninfringement of United States Patent Nos. 7,449,324 (“the ‘324 Patent”),7,531,342 (“the ‘342 Patent”), 7,704,720 (“the ‘720 Patent”) and 8,715,922 (“the‘922 Patent”) (collectively, “the Patents at Issue”) arising under the DeclaratoryJudgment Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2201 and 2202, and the patent laws of the UnitedStates, 35 U.S.C. §§ 1
 et seq
. This Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331 and 1338(a).4. This Court has personal jurisdiction over defendantVIRONOVATIVE. VIRONOVATIVE has engaged in patent enforcementactivities in the United States and in this District. Specifically, VIRONOVATIVEhas licensed U.S. patents to multiple entities headquartered in the U.S., includingentities headquartered in this District. Additionally, VIRONOVATIVE for the pastseveral months has repeatedly contacted employees of GENMARK through emailand telephone, attempting to license the Patents at Issue and threatening legal actionif GENMARK did not take a license. The most recent contact was in May 2014.5. Venue is proper in this judicial district pursuant to 28 U.S.C.§§ 1391(b), (c) & (d).
 
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 COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY JUDGMENT
GENERALALLEGATIONS
6. GENMARK is a molecular diagnostics company focused ondeveloping and commercializing a proprietary electrochemical detection technologythat enables fast, accurate and highly sensitive detection of up to 72 distinct biomarkers in a single sample. GENMARK’s systems have received Section510(k) clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration, or FDA,and are designed to support a broad range of molecular diagnostic tests with acompact and easy-to-use workstation and self-contained, disposable test cartridges.GENMARK is also developing next-generation instrument systems to integrateautomated nucleic acid extraction and amplification with GENMARK’s proprietaryelectrochemical detection technology to enable technicians to place a raw or aminimally prepared patient sample directly into a test cartridge and obtain resultswithout any additional steps.7. One of the products GENMARK sells is an assay called theRespiratory Viral Panel (RVP). The RVP is used in the diagnosis of respiratoryinfection.8. VIRONOVATIVE is a Dutch research entity that owns a number of  patents generally in the area of human metapneumovirus (hMPV). hMPV is one of the viruses known to cause respiratory infection. VIRONOVATIVE’s technologyrelates to the isolation and detection of the hMPV virus. VIRONOVATIVElicenses its patents for this technology to a variety of medical diagnostic productmanufacturers, of which many are U.S. based manufacturers and some are residentin this District.9. In 2013, VIRONOVATIVE contacted representatives of GENMARK and asserted that the GENMARK RVP infringed VIRONOVATIVE technologyand that GENMARK needed a license from VIRONOVATIVE. During thesediscussions that took place over several months, VIRONOVATIVE asserted that itis the assignee and/or exclusive licensee of the following patents in diagnostic and

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